To help better explain what NSCA is, what we do, and what our members do, our board of directors took the time to document the significance of NSCA in the industry and to their own integration firms. Through a series of blog posts, we’ll reveal what they had to say. These statements were captured during a 2015 strategic planning session as we examined the industry and contemplated NSCA’s role as the voice, business resource, and trusted advisor for the channel and the systems integrator.
The last to share his expertise is NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson.
I’ve been around since the beginning. I’ve seen many changes in our industry and in this association. Two things have remained the same. First, we have, and will always, measure our association’s success not on the size of our bank account or number of employees, but solely on the success of our members. Second, we are a member-driven organization. It’s not the staff or the donors or a handful or influential people who guide us – it’s the members and the selfless volunteers who serve on the various leadership boards and councils. The members decide where we are headed, and we are in good hands with this board.
Like so many before me, I am NSCA – and I’m very proud to say that. This phrase captures the essence of the great pride we all have in our industry and participating in the growth of technology within the commercial facilities. In the early ‘80s, when we were getting established as a trade association, we represented a modest 1% of all the commercial building economy.
Today, we are proud to see that number at over 5.5%, and now the fastest-growing segment of building materials and services. That is a huge increase in dollars, jobs, and complications from managing larger projects. Along with this elevated profile comes responsibility. Our leadership takes this very seriously; as you can see, we have great minds and a dedicated team working on your behalf.
We take great pride in earning the right to be the voice for integrators. This means that we speak with authority on your behalf regarding many issues impacting your livelihood and business success. It is our pleasure to represent you nationally on issues of concern for this industry, and to promote us collectively as we define an even greater future for ourselves.
We are also a business resource for integrators. I never could have imagined in the early years the level of support that we are now able to offer. It is because of the generous sharing of best practices amongst so many members that we are able to offer such an abundant offering of services.
More than anything, we are honored and humbled to be known as the trusted advisor for integrators. What started as a tagline became a promise and now a way of life for NSCA team members. It is a privilege to be as involved as we are in many of our members businesses. We see both the good and the bad, but seeing intelligent, caring, hardworking people doing their best to build a business and help many families earn a living doing what we love. Our members, our leaders, our staff … together, we are NSCA. -Chuck Wilson, NSCA Charter Member, 1982; NSCA Board Member, 1988-1995; NSCA Executive Director, 1996 – Present
Check out what the following people had to say about the role of NSCA:
- NSCA Board President Michael Hester, Beacon Communications
- NSCA Board Member Mike Boettcher, Advanced AV
- NSCA Board Member Rob Simopoulos, Advance Technology
- NSCA Board Member Anne Sellers, Sensory Technologies
- NSCA Past President and Board Member Ingolf de Jong, General Communications
- NSCA Vice President and Board Member Ray Bailey, Lone Star Communications
- NSCA Board Member Josh Shanahan, SVT
- NSCA Board Member Paul Thomas, Northland Controls
- NSCA Board Member Ron Prier, RPAV
- NSCA Board Member Dave Ferlino, Whitlock Group
- NSCA Board Member Kelly McCarthy, Genesis Integration